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Bengals 13, Patriots 6

Only touchdown drive went Bengals’ way

CINCINNATI — Despite the offense sputtering and the weather sprinkling, the Patriots had the Bengals right where they wanted them Sunday: pinned at their 2-yard-line, facing third and 15. Final minutes of the third quarter, Bengals leading, 6-3.

A defensive stop would have forced a punt from the Cincinnati end zone, and likely set up the Patriots in great field position, looking for a go-ahead score, or at least a tying field goal.

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